Liverpool may woo Wigan manager

Comment on this story
IOL pic may18 soccer liverpool wigan martinez AFP (File image) Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez

London - Liverpool have been granted permission to speak to Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez about taking over from Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked on Wednesday.

Wigan chairperson Dave Whelan told Sky Sports: “I've always said that when a big club comes he (Martinez) will have permission to talk to them and... they don't come any bigger than Liverpool.

“I gave him permission and he'll be talking to them soon. I don't know when, but it will be quite soon.”

Dalglish was sacked on Wednesday after leading Liverpool to a disappointing eighth place in the Premier League although they won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final.

Although Wigan finished a lowly 15th they had a fine end to the season with Spaniard Martinez again showing his managerial credentials on a tight budget by rallying his struggling team.

“I would love to keep Roberto,” Whelan added on Thursday.

“He is a great manager but unfortunately in this day and age of football there are two or three clubs looking for managers and I think Roberto is on the list of every one of them.

“If Liverpool are serious then we may lose him.” - Reuters

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines